Review: New NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

When I was last in Sephora, a super friendly SA demoed the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation for me and gave me a generous sample to try. I’ve given up on buying high-end foundation without trying out a sample first, if possible. The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is $57.00 CAD, so I definitely wanted to test out a sample before buying! I’ve been wearing it to work all week and I feel like I have made up my mind about it.

I asked the SA for the palest shade, and she gave me the shade Siberia. On the Sephora website, its described as “light w/ neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones.” There’s also two other very light shades: Mont Blanc, “light with pink undertones” and Gobi, “light with yellow undertones.”

Siberia is probably one of the palest, whitest (not pink or yellow toned) liquid foundations I’ve ever seen which is amazing! I have a really difficult time finding foundation light enough for me, and the first day I wore this someone told me, concerned, that I “looked pale.” I also have a difficult time with foundations oxidizing on me and shifting colour throughout the day. This did not happen at all. The colour really did stay true the entire time I was wearing it.

The foundation is described as “An oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop, for lightweight, 16-hour wear” and that “builds and blends effortlessly.” I would totally agree that it is full, yet natural looking coverage and not a thick mask of makeup (and I’m not always a big fan of full coverage). It also stayed on literally the entire day. But here is where the negative part of the review comes in. Before I cover the negatives, just to be clear, this is a foundation that you are supposed to shake. The SA said to stir the sample before each application, which I did.

This stuff did not blend effortlessly for me. I cannot imagine trying to blend out “one-drop” over my entire face. It reminds me of Revlon ColorStay only it “sets” even faster. It dries in place very quickly to the point that it took a lot of work to blend in and look natural. I tried several different methods of application: Beauty Blender, fingers, foundation brushes, including the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (normally a good one), but nothing really worked for me. I didn’t enjoy fighting with this foundation every morning 😦

Another negative for me was the finish. The word “luminous” may be in the product name, but this foundation is pretty much completely matte on me. I  prefer a liquid foundation that gives a more dewy, hydrated appearance to the skin. I have fairly dry skin and this foundation really accentuated that. It even made my skin feel dryer.

So to summarize…


  • Very light shades available for fair skin!
  • Colour stays true and doesn’t oxidize
  • Natural, not heavy/opaque combined with full coverage which is rare
  • Long wearing
  • Probably a good foundation for those with oily skin


  • Difficult to apply and blend
  • Sets too quickly
  • Matte finish, accentuated dryness
  • Not a good foundation for those with dry skin

I don’t think this is a bad foundation necessarily, it just isn’t the type of foundation I prefer and I don’t think its a good one for dry skin. If you’re looking for something extremely light and haven’t been able to find a foundation that matches your fair skin, this might be for you. If you have oily skin and are a fan of foundations like Revlon ColorStay, you would probably like this. My skin is super dry right now with the crazy cold, dry winter weather we’ve been having. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this one.

Have you tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation yet? What do you think?

I’ve also never tried NARS Sheer Glow, so please let me know if you think I’d like that foundation.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


Filed under Face, Foundation & Primer, Reviews

8 responses to “Review: New NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

  1. I keep going back and forth on this one. I think a sample is the best bet!

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  2. This sounds interesting! I am also super pale and know how tricky it can be. I would probably get the one with pink undertones though, but would try a sample before buying it to make sure. Also, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award- not sure if you’ve done it before, but I would love to read your answers! Here is the link
    Lydia xo


  3. V

    It sounds nice! I always sample foundation before buying them (at least for the expensive stuff) My skin is too sensitive to drop $50+ on a product if I don’t know it will work for me.


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